Douglas Johnson - Psychology Faculty - Colgate University

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Douglas Johnson

Associate Professor of Psychology; Director of the Center for Learning, Teaching and Research
Psychology, 105C Olin Hall
p 315-228-7358
Doug Johnson joined Colgate’s Department of Psychology in 1996. Within the department, he teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to Psychology, Human Cognition, Research Methods, Statistics, and Attention and Memory. Within Colgate's Core Curriculum, he teaches two Scientific Perspectives courses (one on the malleability of human memory and another on the psychology of sport and exercise). In 2001, Professor Johnson received the Phi Eta Sigma “Professor of the Year” award, the highest student-awarded teaching honor at Colgate.

Professor Johnson received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. As a scholar, he studies human cognition, with an emphasis on attention, memory, and the development of expertise. He has published in a variety of professional journals, including Psychological Science, Memory and Cognition, Neuropsychopharmacology, Psychopharmacology, and The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

At Colgate, Professor Johnson has performed a variety of service. In addition to considerable committee work, he has served as associate dean of faculty (2007-2010) as well as chair of the scientific perspectives program (2004-2007). He currently serves as Colgate's representative to the Patriot League Policy Committee and will be the director of Colgate's Center for Learning, Teaching and Research beginning July 2014.

Students performing senior research with Professor Johnson have gone on to careers in business, medicine, and law, as well as graduate school in psychology (including Princeton, UVA, and Cornell). Dr. Johnson also serves on the board of directors for Southern Madison County Volunteer Ambulance, a not-for-profit volunteer agency providing emergency medical coverage for Hamilton and the surrounding communities.

Professor Johnson is married to Mary (Molly) Treadway Johnson, PhD, and they have two children, Daniel (15) and Sarah (12).


BA, Washington University in St. Louis, 1987; MA (1990), PhD (1992), The Johns Hopkins University


Introduction to psychology, experimental psychology, statistics, human cognition, memory, information processing


Articles in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Psychopharmacology, Memory and Cognition, Psychological Science, and others

Professional Experience

Post-doctoral fellow, National Institutes of Health, 1992-1996


The Jerome Balmuth Award for Teaching, 2014; Colgate Alumni Corporation Distinguished Teaching Award, 2014; Phi Eta Sigma Colgate Professor of the Year 2001; Intramural Research Training Award, National Institutes of Health 1992-1994